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Michael Gove has embraced Sure Start, but the scheme is part of his inheritance from the previous government. Photo: Paul Clarke

With such savage cuts affecting all services, maybe it’s surprising that Michael Gove has fought to ringfence children’s services for all, declaring, “on Sure Start children’s centres, we want to ensure that the funding is there to maintain the current network.”

Meanwhile, the £7bn “fairness premium,” announced by Nick Clegg, is going to increase state-provided pre-school activities for disadvantaged three to four year olds, and introduce…

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